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    September 16, 2010
    6:00 - 6:59am EDT  

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breaking news. three people killed when an suv slams into an ambulance on its way to a call early this morning we're on the scene with police to tell you wt happened. >> will she stay or will she go? will vincent gray in line to be the next may of d.c., school chancellor michelle rhee addresses her future. good morning, thanks for joining us for "news 4 today." i'm eun yang. >> i'm joe krebs. today i trsday. it is the 16th day of sepmber 2010. let's take a live look outside this morning. we have some clouds above us right now. nice day at 66 degrees. going to get warm, too. here's tom. >> a southerly breeze will increase this afternoon, that will sweep in some warmth and get us into the mid 80s probably by midternoon. then a front moves in fromhe midwest and looks like it may trigger some showers in the mountains by midafternoon. shenandoah valley by perhaps late afternoon, and here inthe metro area after sunset.
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so thankfully much-needed rain coming our way. let's look at temperatures now. it's off to a pleasant start on this thursday morning. we're in the low 60s in the suburbs and rural areas. upper 60s in washington. and right near the water, only in the 50s though in western maryland and much of west virginia, eastern shore mid 60s. and right at the beach, it's near 70. and if a few of those showers moving in, where you see passing showers in ohio, kentucky, and southern illinois. thas along a front that will be sweeping through the metro area, and points east by sunset and afternoon that by midnight. any chance of rain diminishes. there's a sml chance of thunder tonight. and partly cloudy on friday. tomorrow's highs, low 80s and a nice weekend to follow. how's the traffic? >>hecking the capital beltway, inner loop and outer loop as you travel between i-66 and i-95, pretty good shape thismorning. any overnight roadwork has all
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been picked up, so no real concerns over there. elsewhere the american legion bridge volume increasing. that's th outer loop from the maryland perspective. outer loop, inner loop doing okay. reports of an accident 95 northbod in fredericksburg. we'll keep you updated on that. out to the rails we go and we're doing fine. unfortunately one delay is on the camden line train 841, 14 minutes behind schedule. joe, eun? >> thank you, jerry. breaking news out of prince geor's county right now. where an accident has killed three people after a violent collision between an suv and an ambulance. the crash happened around midnight on marlboro pike in district heights. news 4's megan mcgrath is live on the scene with the very latest on this. good morning, megan. >> reporr: good morning, joe. there's a tow truck that has arrived on the scene. looks like they're going to try to move some of these vehicles out of here so that they c reopen the roadway here. this was a violent crash. happened just around midnight.
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now an ambulance had just gotten a call, an emergency call, they ha left the fire station, were traveling west on marlboro pike when off in the distance, they saw head lights. an suv, according to investigators, had crossed the center line, and was traveling at a high rate of speed in the wrong direction. so in the same lanes as the ambulance. and theywere set up for a head-on collision. >> driver error on the part of the driver of the suv, they ended up crossing over the doble lines into the oncoming path of the ambulance. the ambulance had to make an evasive maneuver so avoid the suv, but ty ended up side-swiping each other. certainly once you see the side of that ambulance you can see that anybody inside of there certainly would have sustained serious or fatal injuries. equipment was thrown down the street about 50 to 100 feet on board thatmbulance and you can just see th the vehicle, striking vehicle was traveling
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at an excessive rate of speed to do that much damage to an ambulance. >> reporter: now, because the driver of t ambulance was able to swerve, avoiding that head-on collision, they were spared any serious injury. both the paramedics are okay. but again, you saw the tremendous damage done to the side of the ambulance. fortunately there was no patient inside. now as for thesuv, they then struck a utility pole, a brick wall, flipped over. that car flipped over onto its roof. all three men inside were killed. joe, back to you. >> megan, any word on whether the victims in that suv were wearing seat belts? >> no word yet. also no word on whether alcohol was a factor. they're not releasing the names of the victim either. >> thanks very much, megan. this morning police in prince george's county are also searching for a man who shot a teenage boy. th happened yesterday afternoon near barington and castleton drive in the kettering area. that's an area often used by teenagers who attend nearby largo high school. police say the teen was shot by
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an adult male whom he knew. the teen is in the hospital in serious condition at this hour. well, getting a clearer picture this morning of thatster fieing standoff at the discovery channel headquarters. the person pviding those details is one of the hostages. chris wood tells oprah winfrey that he mouthed the word "run" to a guard while he was being held by gunman james lee. woods saidhe guard then shook his head yes. he and jim mcnulty, another hostage, appear on today's episode of the oprah winfrey show. >> the company that hires metro access drivers is taking a closer look at how those drivers are trained. mv transportion has authorized an independent investigation into the hiringnd training of drivers. itcomes in the wake of four complaints of sexual assault against metro access drivers. the company subcontracts with metro to operate the door-to-door service for disabled who are unable to use buses or rail service. mv already condts background checks and operates a 110-hour training program for new employees.
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four fbi agents are accused of lying on their medical records to cer up steroid use. accordinto arrest affidavits they never reported prescription steroids and human growth hormone medical forms used to assess their fitness for duty. the fbi responded, saying quote, employees must be held to the highest standards of ethical conduct. the agents cannot use their weapons while the investigation proceeds. all eyes on the district are looking forward to the uture, with vincent gray on track to be the city's next mayor. gray and current mayor adrian fenty are both expected at a democratic unity breakfast this mornin and many are wondering whether the chge in power will bring a change in the school chancellor's position. elaine reus nes us live from the newsroom. good morning. >> good morning, joe. right now both sides are saying all the right things. michelle rhee says she won't speculate on whether vincent
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gray will keep her. he says he wants to get past the november election before making personnel decisions. education was a major campaign issue for gray and fenty. thereform of the school system didn't over very well with much of the electorate. so the big question asked during all the post-election news conferences yesterday, will vincent gray keep michelle rhee, or will she stay or will she go? appearing on msnbc yesterday, rhee said she's just looking forward to sitting down with the presumed future mayor to talk about his vision. >> a significant change in direcon, and it's going to require me siing down with mayor fenty, with the chairman, and lots of other people to sort of determine what we think is right for the school district, and best for our kids. >> the district schools are featured in a new documentary on school reform called "waiting for superman." rhee is just one of several people interviewed in the movie.
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both fenty and rhee say their management decisions played a huge impact on those prima results. joe, back to you. >elaine reyes reporting live from the newsroom. thanks very much. our time is now 6:08. and coming up, a story thatwill provide some relief and reassurance to students and residents of college park. police make an arrest in a rece armed robbery. >> the new lawsuit from michael jackson's family and whom they claim contributed to the pop star's death. >> 66 degrees outside. still dark, though. sun not up, maybe not up for another 45 or 50 minutes. we'll have weather and traffic together on the 1s next. [ male announcer ]ow can rice production in india,
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time for weather and traffic on the 1s. i'm meteorologist tom kierein. off to a pleasant start on this thursday morning. temperatures are milder at this hour. we're down into the low 60s in the suburbs and rural areas. upper 60s in whington and near
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the waters. highs today climbing into e 80s. we'll have a southerly bree sweeping in. and we'll have increasing clouds, too, as the front approaches from the west. it may trigger showers this afternoon in the mountains of the shenandoah valley and after sunset in the metro area and points east. partly cloudy on friday and surday and sunday, looks like we'll have more mildweather into the low 80s both days and morning lows near 60. a look into next week in ten minutes. how is our traffic now, jerry? >> a long look along the i-95 corridor. this is the point where we had a report of an accident. 95 nohbound near route 17. appears to be maybe a lttle bit of debris over on the shoulder. south of that point headsup. we'll keep a close watch on. elseere the rush hour picking up a little volume now. the american legion bridge, but no hang-ups. everything is looking pretty good so far. joe, eun? >> thanks, jersey. >> 66 degrees. there is tropical trouble
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brewing. th rare occurrence in the atlantic right now. >> a wom says she was sexually assaulted while out on a date with a man she met on a popular online dating website. and sarah palin has a new message for the republican party.
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right now, pope benedict xvi is making history with a visit to the united kingdom. the pope is meeting at this hour with queen elizabeth in scotland. this is the pope's first state visit to the united kingdom.
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its symbolically significant, of course, because of the historic divide between the protestant nation and the roman catholic church, dating way back to hry viii of course. the queen and the pope were actually together, we did have pictures moments ago of the queen and the pope together. they are actually meeting at this hour. later toda the pope will participate in a parade through edinburgh. a possible break this morning in a string robberies that has put university of maryland students on edge. one man is in custody accused of at least one of those robberies, and poli are still searching for two others. news 4's tracee wilkinss live in college park with more on this story. >> police have one suspect in custody. surveillance video helped to make that arrest happen. that surveillance video also shows two other suspects who are still on the loose. prie george's county police arrested 19-year-old chenor jah.
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police say he and two other suspects robbed a student on august 8th. he was arrested at his home. this was one of five robberi in college park in an elen-day span. three of those robberies involved students. these robberies are violent. and some of them include weapons. now, police don't know ifhey were all connected at this point. what they do know is that they have one of their suspected robbers in custody, andthey're looking for more suspects. but thi is what they've been doing here at the university of maryland. putting up these signs, talking about crime times between 2:00 and 4:00 a.m. they've been asking udents to avoid going out by themselves at this time in the morning. this is when most of the robberies have been happening. this has been gong on since the beginning of the school year. it's definitely changed the culture here at the university of maryland. tracee wilkins, live in college park. >> all right, thank you. a virginia man is behind bars this morning accused of sexually assaulting a woman.
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police say he met the woman using the online dating site eharmony. according to the loudoun county sheff's office, 34-year-old john evans met the 37-year-old victim on the site back in jue. in july she went to his home where officials say he held her against her will, and sexually assaulted her. sheriff's investigators are now concerned this woman was not evans' first victim. >> a situation like this, it's the same as someone who's been scammed. they don't want the embarrassment of someone knowing they've been scammed so they don't say anything. that's how these perpetrators continue to get by with their crimes. if anybody is familiar with this person we'd certainly like to hear from them. >> eharmony released a statement saying it's, quote, deeply saddened to hear about this terrible incident. theebsite also said it immediately closed evans' account and notified all of his matches not to communicate with him. a former high school football star will spend the next three decades in prison. tommy whack was convicted of
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murder in a scheme that prosecutors say started on an adult chat line. prosecutors say nearly two years ago he and his cousin lured a man to a secluded area behind a landover middle school, where he was killed. investigators say that whack posted pictures online of himself with the gun that turned out to be the very same gun that they say he used in the murder. michael jackson's mother has filed a lawsuit in connection with herate son's death. katherine jackson sued the singer's concert promoter in a los angeles court. aeg had a series of comeback concerts featuring michael jacksoneforehis deh in june 2009. the suit claims the company did not provide key life-saving equipment or adequately monitor the cardiologist hired to care for her son. jackson's dr. conrad murray is not named as a defendant in this lawsuit but is frequently mentioned. in a separate case he pled not guilty to involuntary manslaughter in jackson's death. president obama goes on the offensive today, ahead of the
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november elecons. he will travel to connticut where taxes will likely be his main message. in recent appearances, he's accused rublicans of holding tax cuts hostage where 97% of americans. extending tax cuts to those who earn more than $250,000 has become the subject of a major debate on capitol hill, and today he'll speak at an event for connecticut attorney general richard blumenthal. former republican vice presidential candate sarah palin is urging party unity. she says it's time for republican party bosses to put aside their differences after several tea party wins. the former alaskan governor spoke to about 1,000 people last night at a gala in oklahoma. she td the enthusiastic crowd that vots have six weeks to turn things around, and rein in the federal government. rightow hurricane igor is still far from land but it's kicking up waves as it churns in the atlantic ocean. category 4 storm could cause dangerous rip currents along the
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u.s. east coast by the weekend. hurricane julia, a category 3 storm, is also gaining strength far from land out in the atlantic. meanwhile, a strong tropical storm kar has pushed across mexico's yucatan peninsula. lashing the beach resort with winds and rain. in vacation destination areas like cancun the storm dumped heavy rain, but there were few signs of damage. the storm could gain strength once it makes its way into the gulf. >> 6:21 is our time now. time aga for traffic and weather on the 1s. tom is here. none of those storms look like they pose any threat to us. >> thankfully they're going to stay out in the atlantic ocean. could kick up some heavy surf. watch out for that if you're heading to the beaches on sunday. especially first part of next week. right now here we ha temperatures in the region in the 60s. a pleasant start this morning. 50s in the mountains and upper 60s in washington right near the bay. highs today in the mid 80s. increasing clouds with a southerly breeze. after sun set, we'll have a
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chance for passing showers and maybe some thunder. before that, though, during the afternoon hours in the mountains, then tomorrow partly cloudy, low 80s. looks like a nice weekend to follow. and a dry pattern continuing into next week with highs in the 80s. jerry has the traffic. >> we're kicking it into high gear and loading upery quickly. interstate 66, it is extremely slow coming out of fair oaks toward vienna. i suspect there may be something around the bend. i checked the traffic caras, couldn'tind anything on the roadway. this is just a little too strange. i'm going to continue to take a look and make sure there's nothg going on. we'll update you hear along 95 d fredericksberg. had word of an accident. police headed over there. on the rails this morning, metrorail and cre, six-minute delays. camden 841 just six minutes behind schedule. joe, eun? >> thank you, jerry. >> 6:22 is your time now. 65 degrees. a man who tried to rob a woman while she was sitting in traffic in northern virginia. >> bed bugs invade college
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breaking news. a wrong-way crash between an suv and an ambulance leaves three people dead. good morning andelcome back to "news 4 today," i'm joe krebs. >> and i'm eun yang. it is thursday, september 16th 10. we're going to take a live look outside at 6:30. 68 degrees. the first sight of sunlight out there as the skies are very bright and etty. >> very pretty picture. but there are so clouds up there, tom. >> we need them to produce some rain. it hasn't done that in quite awhile. we need some. it does appear we've got a
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pretty good chance after sunset later today. between now and then we'll stay dry. 60s throughout most of the region. few isolated locations. shenandoah valley reporting upper 50s. out in west virginia in the low to mid 50s, as well as western maryland. on the eastern shore, temperaturesn the mid 60s. near the water upper 60s as well as right in washington. we have some of the clouds drifting in from the midwest ahead of a front moving throu ohio with some rain that extends into kentucky and tennessee. that will likely arrive into the mountains this afternoon a later farther east here around the metro area after sunset, maybe with some thunder and before that into the low to mid 80s. then tomorrow we'll dry out after any of those showers do produce some rain andget a terrific weekend to follow. how is the traffic? >> time to take a live look as the sun slowly thinks about coming up at the wilson bridge. kind of a pretty picture. so far so good. the sun not a factor moving along very nicely between alexandria and oxon hill. right now both ways travel lanes
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are open. elsewhere the rush hour really loaded up. i looked as close as i could. i couldn't find anything blocking. just a lotof heavy volume. 66. several long stretches including fair oaks most of the way to the capital beltway. rails all looking good. joe, eun? >> jerry, thanks so much. more now on that breaking news we've been following all morning long. a violent collision between an suv and an ambulance killed three people. this happened overnight on marlboro pike in district heights. this was meg mcgrath live on the scene. she has the latest. good morning, megan. >> reporter: good morning, joe. you can see behind me here that the tow trucks are on the scene, trying ttow both ofhe vehicles out of here so they can reopen the road. this was a violent crash involving these two vehicles. ree people are now dead. the side of the ambulance is ripped wide open, an indication of just how violent the collision was.
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fortunately paramedics had not yet picked up their patient. >> the right-hand side ofhat ambulance is totally obliterated. the patient compartment area, that whole wall is removed and exposed to the exterior. >> reporter: it happened at around midnight. investigators say the ambulance had just left the station on an emergency call, lights and sirens were anniveated. as the ambulance traveled west on marlboro pike they could see head lights headed straight towards them. investigators say the suv was barreling down the wrong side of the road. >> initial indications were driver error on the part of the driver of the suv. they ended up crossing over the doue lines, into the oncoming path of the ambulance. the ambulance had to make an evasive maneuver to avoid the suv, buthey ended up side-swipingach other. >> equipment was thrown down the street about 50 to 100 feet on board that ambulance. and you can just see that the vehicle, the striking vehicle was traveling an excessive
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rate of speed to do that much damage to an ambulance. >> after hitting the ambulance, the suv struck a brick wall and a utility pole. the vehicle then flipped onto its roof. all three men inside were killed. now, because the driver of the ambulance was able to swerve out of the way a little bit, the suv missed the front portion of the amlance, the cab portion. so the two paramedic did not sustain any seriousinjuries, they're going to be okay. now, they have not released the names of the three people w died. no word on whether cohol was a factor in this. >> megan mcgrath reporting live. thanks very much. police in fairfax county need your help finding a manho tried to rob a woman as she sat in her car in the middle of the afternoon. police say the victim was stopped at red light at lee highway and merrilee drive last wednesday when a man two cars back got out, implied he had a weapon and danded money. the light turned green and the woman drove away unharmed.
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police say he is about 25 years old and 5'10" tall. he had short black hair, a thick mustache, freckles and a gap between his two front teeth. now, this attempted robbery happened just blocks from where vanessa span was last seen alive. she was a college student from fairfax county found stabbed to death in her car over the summer. yesterday's incident occurred at ee highway and merrilee drive and sam was found dead in her car just a few blocks away. her murder remains unsolved and she must point out there is no word on any connection between the two crimes. the company that hires metro access drivers is taking a closer look at how those drivers are trained. mv transportation has authorized an independent investigation into the hiring d training of drivers. it comes in the wake of for complaints of sexual assault against metro access drivers. the company subcontracts with metro to operate the door-to-door seice for disabled who are unab to use
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buses or rail service. md already conducts background checks and operates a 110-hour training program for new employees. this morning vincent gray and d.c. mayor adri fenty are expected to attend a unity breakfast. now that gray will likely be the next mayor, perhaps the biggest question people are asking is what will happen to d.c. sools chancellor michelle rhee? news 4's elaine reyes joins us live from our newsroom with more on this story. good morning. >> good morning, eun. michelle rhee called the election results a significant change in direction. but vowed to work wh the presumed future mayor vincent gray. gray says he wants to get past the november general election before making any personnel decisions. education w a major campaign issue with both gray and fenty. the mayor's choice of chancellor a few years ago in the reform of the school system didn't go or very well with much of the electorate.
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so a big question asked during all the post election news conferences yesterday, will vincent gray keep michelle rhee? will she stay? or will she go? >> we're not going to be turning back any clocks on school reform. we'reoing to be moving full speed ahead. >> the demand that more politicians stand up, and, you know, are willing to make the hard decisions like adrian fenty has done over the la 3 1/2 years. >> the district schools are featured in a new documentary called "waiting for superman." rhee is just one of several people interviewed in the movie. and rhee also says that there need to be more leaders willing to shake everything to make sure kids get a great education. we'll just have to wait and see what happens. back to you. >> all right, we'll be waiting, elaine reyes, thank you. the metr extension t dulles is expected to cost a billion dollars more than expecte how the extra costs could be passed on to you. >> and why millions of bank customers havenot been able to see their online accounts for
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days. >> 6:38 is your time now. 68 degrees. a lovely starto your day. what kind of weather are we going to have? tom wl have your forecast at 6:41. stay with us. think about the internet.
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weather and traffic on the 1s. i'm tom kierein live from the sky watcher camera. how would you like a little al troe stratus with your granola this morning? the eastern sky, clouds coming in in advance of a front that will be giving us chance for much-needed rain this evening. right now it's pleasant. the air is soft d mild. low to mid 60s around most of the region. out of the mountains, cooler in the 50s. high today in the low mid 80s. a southerly breeze that will bring in that heat. but, the clos will cold back the rays of sun by the afternoon, and produce perhaps some much-needed rain after suns sunset. maybe a little thunder and lightning too, tonht. then tomorrow, saturday and sunday, sunshine returns. mild afternoon. cool morning. a look into next week in ten minutes. how's the traffic? >> a little sampling along new york avenue, really not bad over the anacostia. the lanes open downo florida avenue. no hang-ups to report rit now. elsewhere, out to the west, word
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of an accident, james madison highway at southerly road. authorities headed over there. also route 28 to yorkshire drive. be careful out there. wilson bridge will be very nice both ways and a quiet trip, i-70 to 495. joe, eun? >> jerry, thanks. 67 degrees. we have another traffic alert for you. staing tomorrow, a busy one-way street downtown wll switch to two ways. >> some relief for students and residents in college park. police make an arrest in recent armed robbery.
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pope benedict is making history righ now with a visit to the united kingdom. this is a live picture there you can see the pope speaking and he is meeting with queen elizabeth in scotland. he is in edinburgh right now. this is the pope's first state of the uk address. it is symbolic, significant -- symbolically significant because of the historic divide between the potestant religion and the roman catholic church. later today the pope will participate in a parade. >> new details in a string of robberies in the college park area. police have madene arrest but are looking for two other people. tracee wilkins is live in college park. those attacks have had a community on alert for weeks now. >> repter: absolutely, joe. people have been living with the issues, students who live on the university of maryland campus have been dealing with it when they leave campus. those who live off campus, as well as residen here. it's been a big issue here in college park.
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and because of the surveillance video. they were able to bring one person in to custody. but that same rveillance video is showing that there may be two other suspects still on the loose. prince willam county police arrested chernor jah of silver springs. police say jah and two other students roed a student. jah was arrested in his home. this is a numberf robberies that happened here in college park after campus since scho began. three of those robberies involve students. these robberies are violent. sometimes these folks have weapons and place are not saying that all of these suspects are connected or that all of thes robberies are being done by the same group of people. they could be looking for multiple robbers. now this is what's been happeng here around campus since these robberies. they've been putting up these signs, talking about what they're calling crime time from 2:00 a.m. to 4:00 a.m. they're advising students not to walk alone, to be careful during those hours and not come out at
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all if they can avoid to. because this is the time of morning when theseobberies are actually happening. they are looking for more suspects and there are lots of questions about these cases. some of them are very different. police are still investigating. tracee wilkins, live this morning in college park. >> tracy, thanks very much. >> we have a traffic alert for ome of you who travel through downtown washington. starting at noon tomorrow, fourth street between l street and maschusetts avenue will become a two-way street. that stretch of fourth street is currently one-way southbound. there will also be a new traffic signal at the intersection of fourth and i streets nothwest. the changes were made to increase safety in that area that's seen new housing and commercial development. phase two of the dulles metro project could end up costing $1.3 billion more than originally expected. the new metro line would eventually extendrom falls church to dulles airport and loudoun county. phase one will cost around $2.75 billion.
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now, according to the metro washington airport authority it looks like phase two will cost just as much and those costs could be passed along to the people who use the dulles toll road through the higher tolls. officials are look nothing building the metrorail stop at dulles airport above ground rather than underground and that could save $6 4r0 million. customers with chase bank may still have trouble accessing their money online today. the company's wsite went down monday night. technicians got the system back up yesterday morning but problems lingered throughout the day. chase says more than 16 million online banking customers. the problem did not affect the company's atm or automated telephone system. well, today the u.s. snate is expected to pass a bill to give small businesses some financial help. cnbc's courtney reagan now joins us live with more on that story. good morning, courtney. >> good morning to you, joe. the senate is expected to vte today on this long-stalled bill to boost lending to small
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businesses. the package would create the $30 billion fund that t government will use to invest in community banks to encourage them to increase lending. it also includes $12 billion in small business tax breaks and cuts capital gain taxes on the sale of stock companies. now republicans say the measure amounts to a mini bailout like what was given to wall street. the house, though, has already passed a similar measure. back to you, joe. >> all right, courtney. thanks very much. have a great day. >> let's get a check on the forecast now. meteorologist tom kierein joins us with a nice, refreshing morning. >> gorgeous sunrise under way. sun coming up a we have a milder morningecause the clouds have come in and held in some of the warmth from yesterday. there is the sunrise. live view from the sky watcher camera a blueberry and peach sunrise uer way. 69 at national airport. a little more humid. calm wind this morning and elsewhere temperatures are generally in the low 60s in
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arlington, prince george's montgomery and fairfax counties. to the st, near 60 around the blue ridge, shenandoah valley and many of the areas in maryland. down into the upper 50s as well as panhandle of west virginia. and around the bay in southern maryland, around the northern neck of tide water region, weather watch up farther in the west of the mountains, many locations in the low 50s. western maryland, much of northern west virginia, and on the eastern shore, the mid 60s, and at the atlantic beaches it's near 70 now. and the view from space over the last 12 hours showing these clouds coming in from the midwest ahead of a front that is triggering some rain in this area of green and blue. light to moderate rain moving through ohio and kentucky. after that this evening farther to the east. and out in the tropics,yes, things are very active. but thankfully not threatening the atlantic seaboard.
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tropical storm karl will be moving into southern mexico. powerful hurricane ior and weaker hurricane julia. both of these are going to stay out in the atlantic. but igor is a powerful hurricane with winds 145 miles an hour. maintained that similar strength for the last several days. thankfully still the latest tracks are continuing to pull it farther and farther east of bermuda. great rease there. but close enough to the atlantic seaboard. maybe only 800 miles away. but still enough of a perhaps close call for uso give us some heavy surf at the atlantic beaches, and some rip currents later in the weekend, and into next week. for this morning, for the students waiting for buses. it shoulde a plsant morning. the air is soft and mild in the 60s to near 70 and it will climb to the upper 70s to near 80 by noon. and a thickening cloud cover during the afternoon as we reach the mid 80s and a blustery southerly wind. overnight tonight after sunset, areasfrom the blue ridge east will have passing showers earlier than that. so farther west, maybe some thunder, as well. then partly cloudy tomorrow
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morning. friday, partly cloudy, l 80s and a beautiful week tond follow. great weather for all the high school games friday night. high school and college games on saturday and for the skins game sunday afternon. into next week the dry pattern continues. how is the traffic, jerry? >> checking i-270 right at the split, moving along slowly. fm frederick torockville it's just volume, but a lot of it. all the travel lanes are reported open and available. let's see h we're doing out to the west along interstate 66, and right here out just out of dulles airport along the dulles toll rod, route 28, no early accidents and that moving along very, very nicely. good news there. the trip out on the rails this morning, metrorails no delays. we do have one continuing delay and that's on camden, 845, 22 minutes behind schedule. that's how we're doing joe and eun, back to you. >> thanks very much, jerry. >> now to the latest on that breaking news we've been
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following all morning. a deadly crash involving an suv and an ambulance in prince george's county. three men in the suv were killed when the vehicle collided, and the suv went out of control in the 5600 block of marlbo pike in district heights. news 4's megan mcgrath is there live with the latest. good morning. >> good morning, eun. they're making a lot of progress in terms of clearing the scene here. you can see that they've got both the ambulance and the suv on tow trucks. they're going to try to get them out o the area, clear things up so they can reopen this section of marlboro pike. it's been closed since midnight. this was a very violent crash. now according to investigator the ambulance had st left the station, they were respoing to a 911 call. they were traveling west on marlboro pike when off in the distance they saw head lights ming straight toward them. investigators say the suv had crossed the center line, and was traveling the wrong way down marlboro pike. now the driver of the ambulae swerved to try to get out of the way. the suv then slammed into the
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side of the ambulance. >> the right-hand side of that ambulance is totally obliterated. the patient compartment area, that whole wall is remov and exposed to the exterior. the suv traveled about another 120 feet striking a utility pole fore coming to rest on its roof. arriving firefighters and paramedics assessed the patients and determined the three alt males inside that suv were deceased. >> now becausehe drivers of the ambulance was able to swerve, the suv missed the cab portion of the ambulance so the pair metics are oky. there was no patient in the back. they had not yet picked up the patient. they had just left the station and were on the wayo pi up the -- or to respond to the 911 call. so that's very fortunate. in terms of what happened here, whether alcohol was a factor, that's still under investigation. no names have been releasedn terms of the victims. again, all three individuals, all three men were in that suv
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were killed. they were pronounced dead here on the scene. back to you, eun. >> megan mcgrath live in district heights. >> check the morning top stories rightnow. police say they have made a possible break in a string of robberies in college park, maryland. officers arrested one man and they're looking for two others. police say 19-year-old chernor jah attacked and robbed a student near the university of maryland campus on the 8th august. president oma will trav to connecticut today to campaign for democrats ahead of the november elections. today he'll speak in an event or state attorney general richardlumenthal who is running for the u.s. senate. the economy will likely be a main message as he continues to fight to extend tax cutso those who earn less than $250,000 a year. pope benedict is making history right now with a visit to the united kingdom. this is the pope's first state visit to the uk. this morning he is meeting with queen elizabeth, then participating in a parade.
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>> let's get an outthe door forecast from tom. >> it's a pleasant mornng now but as the day progresses we're going to be getting rather uncomfortably warm into the mid 80s by mid afternoon with a southerly breeze and thickening clouds and a fro coming through this evening will likely trigger showers from the blue ridge east and earlier farther west, perhaps with some thunder and then more dry weather friday through the weekend. highs in the low 80s. morning lows in the low 60s. and it looks like this dry pattern will continue into next week, well, with sunshine. highs low in theid 80s each day with morning lows mid 60s. how is the traffic now? >> the story of the morning, just volume but a t of it. no major accidents out on the interstates. 395 backed up most of the way from the beltways to landmark and the 1th street bridge. one more stop from the north, 270 crawling now. clarksburg off and on all the way on down. have a wonderful day. >> i guesshe fall rush hours have returned. >> they have indeed. >> back to work and school. that is "news 4 today." thank you for starting your day
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with us. >> the "today" show is next. we'll be back here tomorw morning. we start at 4:30. hope you'll join us then, and until then, have a great day. we'll see you tomorrow.
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